Tips to protect your child from allergies and the sun this summer

By: Mohan Garikiparithi | Health News | Friday, June 17, 2016 - 09:30 AM

Tips to protect your child from allergies and the sun this summerThe summer season can be a fun time for children, but you surely want to protect them from harmful effects of the sun and allergies. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. children suffer from nasal allergies, which are characterized by sneezing and a study or runny nose. The odds of your child suffering from allergies are greater if you or your spouse suffer from allergies, too.

In order to lessen the stress allergies can bring, it’s important to be aware of what your child is allergic to, meaning you should have them tested so you know what to avoid. It’s also essential that you pay close attention to pollen counts, which are typically highest in the evening hours.

Another helpful strategy is to keep windows and doors closed and use air conditioning in order to prevent pollen and other allergy triggers from entering the home. Even allergy shots have come a long way to provide your child with longer relief. Dr. Jay Slater said, “In the last 20 years, there has been a remarkable transformation in allergy treatments. Kids used to be miserable for months out of the year, and drugs made them incredibly sleepy. But today’s products offer proven approaches for relief of seasonal allergy symptoms.”

Another threat to children and babies is the powerful sun. Sunburns can be painful, especially in younger children. The first step to preventing sunburns and sun-related damage is avoiding the sun when it’s at its highest – typically, between 10am to 2pm. If that isn’t possible, ensure your child is well covered with a large rimmed hat and long sleeves and pants which are lightweight.

Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapplied frequently, especially if the child has been in the water.

By following these tips, you can ensure your child has an enjoyable summer.

Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: ‘Cool’ health foods to eat this summer.


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